18 X 14 inches
Collage with Linoleum block Elements on Cotton Rag Paper.
**This work is framed with UV protective plexi glass and archival materials, framed by an Oakland-based small women-run business.**
This new limited edition collage print series is about the rapid transformation and awakening moment that has been catalyzed by the pandemic. Never in our human history have we undergone such massive and rapid change. The pandemic “offers us a chance to rethink the doomsday machine we have built for ourselves. Nothing could be worse than a return to normality. Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next,” explains Arundahti Roy.
From a personal view, the pandemic has allowed me to recognize that I was moving at an unsustainable pace. I used to be traveling nearly once a week and now I’m mostly in one place. This has allowed for me to be more rooted, present and balanced.
The pandemic has helped me recognize the great importance of collective care and friendship. Self-care is important, but it is not enough for communities to survive. We have to move beyond individualism towards collective power building and care. We have to show up for each other and especially protect those who have been marginalized as well as the most vulnerable. We are feeling the consequences of an economic system that continues to prioritize profits over people and the planet. In moments of disillusion and fractures, we have the opportunity to sow ideas for a different kind of future.